Paige Decker’s strong cross country season continues.
After capturing two wins to start the season, including one last week at the Mason County Invitational in harsh conditions, the Mason County eighth grader finished fifth at the Franklin County Invitational at Kentucky Horse Park to lead the Lady Royals to a fifth place finish on Saturday.
Decker’s time of 20:19 was only behind Madison Central’s Ciara O’Shea – the winner at 19:41 – Oldham County’s Katy Chapman, Tates Creek’s Jenna Strange and Ashland Blazer’s Rebekah Howard.
The race featured 31 teams and 234 individuals.
Alyssa Bisotti finished 30th at 21:57 for the Lady Royals, Hayden Faris finished 47th, Kylee Howe finished 64th and Abigail Dawson finished 106th. The Lady Royals finished with 220 points as a team.
Oldham County came out the winner with 38 points. Assumption finished second, Bourbon County finished third and South Warren finished fourth.
Fleming County’s Carys Earlywine placed 171st in the girls’ race and Leia Grannis finished in 212th.
The Royals finished 21st in the boys’ race with 530 points. Fleming County and Robertson County finished 27th and 28th. Oldham County won the 28-team race with 76 points. Madison Central was second and South Warren was third.
Oldham County’s Jacob Brizendine was the individual winner in the 251-person race with a time of 16:11.
Isaiah Riggs was the top finisher for Mason County. He placed 65th with a time of 19:27. Cody Kissell had the best time for the Panthers at 22:46, landing him in 180th, and Wyatt Cooper was the best finisher for the Black Devils. He finished 234th.
Bracken County traveled to Louisville for the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational on Saturday and were led by Jared “Peanut” Jefferson, who finished 25th in the seeded race with a time of 16:45. His teammate, Brandon Cox, also took part in the elite race, finishing 59th at 17:20.
Knoxville Catholic’s Jake Renfree was the individual winner with a time of 15:32.
The Bracken County girls’ team finished 27th in the varsity high school race, led by Heather Ebert’s time of 24:57 that put her in 167th.
St. Patrick was in Georgetown for the Double S Stampede on Saturday and had three runners in the top 30 in the 104-person boys’ race. Paco Franco was the Saints’ top finisher, placing 21st at 19:44. Marvin Koch finished 23rd at 19:55 and Willie Franco was 27th at 20:20.